Aegir Bryggeri Minus Non Alcoholic Beer Review. Norway’s finest.


Aegir Bryggeri Minus

What type of beer is Aegir Bryggeri Minus

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Aegir Bryggeri Minus is an IPA

Back in the day (early 1800s), lots of hops was put in beer to preserve it for the boat trip from England to India, hence India pale ale.

It is generally a hop heavy, citrus and bitter beer with a high ABV (when alcoholic). They have became very popular as they usually don’t lack hoppy flavour. There are now many different varieties such as…

  • Black
  • New England (Hazy or Juicy too)
  • Double
  • Triple
  • West Coast

The Ingredients

Ok, lets get the ball rolling with a look at the ingredients. I know most people dont care but when you have reviewed over 100 non alcoholic beers you can really get a feel for what a beer might be like from the list of ingredients.

Aegir Bryggeri Minus includes…

  • Water
  • Malted barley
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Ah that gladdens my heart. They are crafting a beer from just the 4 basic ingredients and not adding lots more. Im a purist and like the German purity law, i love to see a 4 ingredient beer.

Normally when you see this list it is a pilsner styled or pale lager but i don’t see it too much in IPAs. I am now very interested to see how this one has turned out.

The Nutrition

After impressing me with their ingredients, or lack of them, i would hate this to be really calorific or just full of sugar. Can they back up the pure ingredients with a clean brew?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.5%
Calories 10kcal
Carbohydrate1.1g
Sugars0.1g
Aegir Bryggeri Minus Nutrition Stats

Excellent! Well done them. 10kcal/100ml is just about as skinny as non alcoholic beers come and you basically can’t get lower than their carb and sugar count.

I think i’ve got too excited for this in my head, i would now hate for it to be a crappy, watery, thin beer. Can they knock the taste test out of the park too?

The Look

There is a touch of the Vikings about the can art. I think a Viking head is looking out at us like the prow of a boat with water all around. The Norway flag reminds you where it is from.

The beer itself is a pretty dark golden colour. For some reason I was expecting this to come out a lot paler.

The Aroma

You do indeed smell bitter hops which is a basic of an IPA. I get more pine type smells than a big citrus hit or even tropical smells. It doesn’t put me off drinking it at least.

The Taste

That is really rather good. What a relief! You get a nice big round hop bitterness from the off but it doesn’t overdo it. You aren’t wincing with too much bitterness.

The hops is definitely more on the pine side just like the smell. It isn’t very citrusy and certainly I wouldn’t be saying im tasting all sorts of tropical notes, but that is ok. What is has is excellent.

It does have a surprising amount of nice malt with a touch of caramel too. Often IPAs are all about the hops but you shouldn’t discount the malted grains to contribute their fair share and that happens well here.

It feels like there is plenty of body despite the hugely skinny carb count, how have they done that?The more I drink the bigger a fan I am.

They have produced everything in the right amount, in balance, with minimal ingredients on a big calorie saving budget.

The Verdict

It is hard to beat this with a big stick. A beautiful IPA if you are after a nice piney one rather than a Citra hop heavy one.

The Score

9/10 – This is a seriously good craft IPA. It may be somewhat tricky to get hold off but if you can I would heartily recommend it. Well done the Norwegian boys.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy?

Follow this link to buy these from Dry Drinker in the UK

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

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Is Aegir Bryggeri Minus gluten free?

Aegir Bryggeri Minus is indeed gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Aegir Bryggeri Minus vegan?

Aegir Bryggeri Minus is vegan friendly too. Excellent news.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

This is a seriously good craft IPA. It may be somewhat tricky to get hold off but if you can I would heartily recommend it. Well done the Norwegian boys.

4.5

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